This blog post is a guest piece written by Shuting Qing of Huawei about their contributions and involvement in The Linux Foundation CAMARA project and The Linux Foundation Networking. Huawei joined CAMARA at the end of 2022 and aim to help telecoms explore new business models to monetize their networks through networking technology APIs and network-as-a-service (NaaS). Huawei is a Platinum member of LF Networking and participates as a Board Member.
Huawei and CAMARA
by Shuting Qing, Huawei
CAMARA is an open source project within The Linux Foundation whose goal is to align API requirements and publish API definitions and APIs in collaboration with the GSMA Operator Platform Group and TM Forum. Harmonization of APIs is achieved through working code created rapidly with developer-friendly documentation. As an open source project, API definitions and reference implementations are free to use.
Huawei’s contributions to CAMARA
As a pioneer and participant in the CAMARA project, Huawei is actively taking on the responsibility of building international influence for the CAMARA open source community and promoting its adoption and deployment within the 5G ecosystem.
Huawei is working with the CAMARA community to promote industry consensus for CAMARA NaaS API and has hosted a round-table meeting at the Akraino Spring Summit 2023 to help create awareness of NaaS capabilities within Asian operators based on CAMARA at DTW Asia 2023. Later, at OAGS Summit 2023, Huawei hosted a booth to promote Camara and GSMA’s Open Gateway initiative. Most recently, Huawei promoted CAMARA at ONE Summit Regional Day in Shanghai, China, and hosted a session for CAMARA at KubeCon in Shanghai in 2023.
Huawei’s blueprint for NaaS
Huawei has been innovating and monetizing NaaS with operators and OTTs since 2014 and officially joined the CAMARA Project at the end of 2022. Huawei currently cooperates with leading operators in NaaS monetization based on CAMARA APIs.
At the network layer, Huawei aims to help operators construct differentiated capabilities especially in 4/5G mobile network field and fixed network field in a short time. In the service layer, Huawei is leveraging experts to dive deep into CAMARA and the industry, to jointly help operators promote harmonious standardization for the NaaS APIs. In the aggregation layer, Huawei’s iTA platform, which has a strong CPaaS ecosystem, may solve the problem of “the last mile to customers” for operators’ NaaS APIs to reach customers more directly.
Junyi Zhou, President of Huawei’s Open Source Industry and Ecosystem Development Dept., states, “We believe, the ecosystem of NaaS APIs, the value and the differentiated competitiveness of capabilities provided by telecoms will be the deciding factors for the commercial success of NaaS APIs. Currently, Huawei is cooperating with several operators in NaaS API definitions and validations. We’re looking forward to cooperate with more operators, leverage our advantages, help operators build differentiate their competitive products, and bring NaaS Capability Exposure monetization into a reality.”
To learn more about the CAMARA open source project, please visit the website and follow CAMARA on LinkedIn. Please download the network API white paper entitled, “The Ecosystem for Open Gateway NaaS API Development”, published by GSMA, the CAMARA Project, TM Forum and LF Networking.
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